Usa Today‘s Pattern Of Inaccuracy On Iran

Alon USA Announces Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule

For instance, last June, after Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election, USA Today reported (FAIR Action Alert, 6/21/13 ) that the president-elect “is known for his negotiating skill over the country’s nuclear weapons program.” In fact, Rouhani represented Iran’s atomic energy program, but both Iran and a consensus of US intelligence agencies say Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program (New York Times, 2/24/12 ). Months later, USA Today ( 9/23/13 ) repeated the canard, reporting that Barack Obama was trying to “persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program.” And today , USA Today is reporting that Rouhani said he was prepared to open negotiations with the United States and other nations on its nuclear program after years of refusing to allow inspection of its facilities. In fact, UN inspectors have been in and out of Iran for years, doing their jobs, with a few disputes (MERIP, 2/7/13 ), mostly based on Iran’s insistence, in accordance with the NPT, that military facilities with no evidence of nuclear activity are exempt from inspections. As Al-Monitor ( 7/22/13 ) reported: There are two to six IAEA inspectors on the ground in Iran every day, [deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency Herman] Nackaerts said, covering 16 Iranian facilities. On average, he said, that means that an inspector visits Irans enrichment plants at Natanz and Fordow once a week. If there are suspicions about any improper activities, they can go more often, he added. CBS Wonders What Happened to Global Warming About Steve Rendall Senior Media Analyst and Co-producer of CounterSpin Steve Rendall is FAIR’s senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR’s national radio show. His work has received awards from Project Censored, and has won the praise of noted journalists such as Les Payne, Molly Ivins and Garry Wills. He is co-author of The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error (The New Press, 1995, New York City). Rendall has appeared on dozens of national television and radio shows, including appearances on CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, MTV and Fox Morning News.

In his USA Boxing bio, he said his goals were to win a gold medal at the Olympics, turn pro and win every title possible. “We want to be competitive and we want to increase our overall performance in the Olympic Games,” said USA Boxing executive director Anthony Bartkowski. “This is a new strategy of trying to make sure our Olympic-aged athletes are not poached by promoters. In the past, USA Boxing was passive and just accepted it.” Tyson isn’t the only promoter trying to lure amateurs to the pros. Last month, DiBella Entertainment said it signed highly touted 17-year-old Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan of New York to a contract and said he would make his pro debut in late October or early November, after he turned 18. Boxing promoters have long trolled the amateur ranks looking for talent, especially in recent years as the lure of Olympic gold has faded for many fighters. Winning in the Olympics was once a guaranteed way to make millions, but as U.S. Olympic boxing teams have faded so have the prospects for Olympic fighters. The last American man to win an Olympic gold in boxing was Andre Ward in 2004, and last year’s team in London didn’t even medal. USA Boxing, meanwhile, has undergone a series of shake-ups and its funding has been cut by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The executive director of the USOC said Tuesday that boxing, a sport once dominated by Americans, is still trying to find a way to replicate earlier successes. “Boxing is one of those sports that I think we have a very rich tradition in, but not a lot of current performance,” Scott Blackmun said. “I think the recent reorganization of USA Boxing …

Athene Holding Ltd. Completes Acquisition of Aviva USA

Markets open in 1 hr 10 mins Alon USA Announces Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule Press Release: Alon USA Energy, Inc. 16 hours ago ALJ 10.26 DALLAS, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Alon USA Energy, Inc. ( ALJ ) (“Alon”) today announced that it plans to release its third quarter 2013 financial results on Thursday, November 7, 2013 after the market closes. In conjunction with the release, Alon has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time (10:30 a.m. Central Time). What: Alon USA Energy, Inc. Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call When: Friday, November 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time Where: Live via phone by dialing 1-877-941-9205 or 480-629-9771, for international callers, and asking for the Alon USA Energy call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Investors may also listen to the conference live on the Alon corporate website, , by logging on that site, clicking “Investor Center” and then “Alon USA Energy, Inc.” A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 22, 2013 and may be accessed by calling 1-800-406-7325 or 303-590-3030, for international callers, and using the passcode 4642298#. A web cast archive will also be available at www.alonusa.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days. For more information, please contact Donna Washburn at Dennard-Lascar Associates at 713-529-6600 or email dwashburn@dennardlascar.com . Alon USA Energy, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating primarily in the South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. The Company directly owns crude oil refineries in California, Louisiana and Oregon, with an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 144,000 barrels per day. Alon USA also owns 100% of the general partner and approximately 82% of the limited partner interests in Alon USA Partners, LP ( ALDW ), which owns a crude oil refinery in Texas with an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 70,000 barrels per day. Alon USA is a leading producer of asphalt, which it markets through its asphalt terminals predominately in the Western United States.

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Completes Acquisition of Aviva USA * Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release. Wed Oct 2, 2013 5:15pm EDT Athene Holding Ltd. Completes Acquisition of Aviva USA Athene Holding Ltd. (Athene Holding, and together with its subsidiaries, Athene) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Aviva USA Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Iowa-domiciled Aviva Life and Annuity Company, and New York-domiciled Aviva Life and Annuity Company of New York, for $1.55 billion.* Athene also announced that it has completed the sale of Aviva USAs life insurance operations to Presidential Life Insurance Company USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Commonwealth Annuity and Life Insurance Co. and part of the Global Atlantic Financial Group. Terms of that deal were not disclosed. Following the deals close, Athene has approximately $60 billion in assets, making it one of the largest fixed annuity companies in the United States. Athene Chief Executive Officer Jim Belardi said: Our acquisition of Aviva USA is a transformative event that significantly increases the scale of Athenes fixed annuity business and we are excited about our prospects for further profitable growth. Avivas operational capabilities and talented workforce will enable Athene to solidify our position as a market-leading provider of retirement solutions to policyholders and distributors. At the same time, we will offer attractive opportunities for employees and create greater value for our shareholders. Aviva USA has been renamed Athene USA, which is the parent for Athenes U.S. operations and is now headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. Athene Holding is owned by several institutional investors, with its largest shareholder being AP Alternative Assets, L.P. (Euronext: AAA), a closed-end, publicly traded permanent capital vehicle managed by Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading alternative investment manager.